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Hi I'm Rachel

I have grown up in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. I am studying Elementary Education, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Currently, I'm a full time student in college. I work at a childcare facility during my breaks from school. I enjoy working with children. I am single, but I am preparing for an Eternal Marriage in the temple. Some of the challenges I face include allergies that restrict my activities and diet. (I can't even drink or bathe in water from city taps because it will cause flu-like symptoms.) Despite these challenges, I am still able to find happiness and joy in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I feel the greatest joy when I live the gospel. Having the Holy Ghost to guide my life bring me closer to my Savior has comforted me. I have seen how obedience to the commandments keeps me free. While these commandments appear to limit liberties, I have actually seen how they provide stability and grant freedom from the consequences of personal sin. For example, I enjoy freedom from addiction because I follow God's commandments. Seeing these things has strengthened my testimony of the love that Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father have for each one of us on the Earth.

How I live my faith

I have enjoying a number of callings that involve planning and running activities for the ward. These activities are great because they help strengthen the unity in the ward. I have also enjoyed serving as a teacher in Relief Society. Being a teacher allowed me to learn things from the Spirit as I prepared to teach and as I taught my friends in the gospel. As I have moved between wards, I have appreciated how the Spirit is always present in Sacrament Meeting. I can feel it whether I am new in the ward and do not have friends, and I can feel it when I have made friends and have them all around me in the congregation. I also love participating in family activities. I have enjoyed the way my home growing up felt as we sat down as a family for dinner. We studied our faith and the scriptures togther and said prayers together everyday. As a family, our unity and faith sustained us through challenges including the health problems that plague us.

What do Mormons believe about family?

When we came here to Earth, we have the opportunity to form family units that can last forever. Through family life, we can obtain the greatest joys possible while here on the Earth. The sacrifices that we make together teach us about love, strengthen us from the evils in the world, and provide the best support network possible. The prophets have given us counsel about how to keep these connections strong. Through the ordinances in the temple, we can be with our family even after death. Show more Show less